In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I knew there had to be other opportunities to practice writing outside of writing a novel. For example, I pursue my writing aspirations on my blog site here. I have entered writing competitions for literary magazines as well. I haven’t made a single cent, but it keeps me happy. So there had to be more opportunities out there. Then I came across Writing for Quick Cash by Loriann Hoff Oberlin.
Writing comes in many forms and many shapes. They can be long or they could be less than a full page. Sometimes we need help figuring out what project to venture into next when it comes to our writing. That is why I like The Everything Creative Writing Book by Carol Whiteley.
Sometimes all we need is a bit of encouragement to pick up the pen and write our tales. I recently joined a local writing group to get support and discover new resources to help with my writing. The group introduce me to Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. They were in love with it. We did several writing prompts out of it, and it really got the creative juices going. I was encouraged by our sessions with this book to check out the book on my own time and read it from front to back.
If you look at books on advice for writing, everyone has their set of suggestions. A lot of the books share the same advice with nothing new or innovative to offer to the newbie writer. That is not how Richard Skinner approached teaching his audience about novel writing in Writing a Novel.
Being a writer can be intimidating especially if you are trying to figure it out. Even as a blogger, I have to studied the art of writing. An art I thought I would never have to study. I have read several guides to writing and each write about the do’s and don’ts. They offer harrowing tails of rejection letters and finding agents. Which is good information but not what I am looking for in encouragement. However, my most recent read has become the guide I never knew I needed.
It is hard to believe that I am saying these words.
It truly is.
I got published in a literary magazine.
Dessert is supposed to be just a sweet treat, but what if someone could change that treat into a work of art? Would you eat it? I think I would.
On Netflix, there is a wonderful cooking competition show called Zumbo’s Just Dessert. In this show art meets food. In Zumbo’s factory, contestants from Australia and New Zealand try to impress dessert chefs Rachel Khoo and the man himself, Zumbo.
Creativity gives you the power to create amazing things. But if someone asked the question of where did it come from, I can’t answer that. I don’t think anyone currently can. I was listening to TED Talk Radio Hour when they discussed this very topic.